Live-Action Ushijima the Loan Shark's TV Ad Posted
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The Japanese website Movie Walker streamed a 15-second television commercial for the live-action film adaptation of Shohei Manabe's Ushijima the Loan Shark (Yamikin Ushijima-kun) manga on Friday. The commercial features the song "The Bird Without Wings" by Superfly.
Takayuki Yamada (Train Man, Crying Out Love in the Center of the World, Crows Zero, Gantz, 13 Assassins) reprises his lead role from the 2010 live-action television series version of the manga. The original story depicts the human drama in the black market world, as seen through the eyes of the titular loan shark. In the film, Ushijima participates in a celebrity event to collect on a debt and meets an event leader named Jun.
Kento Hayashi from the live-action Arakawa Under the Bridge television drama and film also stars alongside Yamada and Oshima in the film. Masatoshi Yamaguchi, the producer of the Ushijima television series and of the live-action Kaiji film, is directing the Ushijima film. Masahiro Fukuma and Yamaguchi wrote the script.
The Ushijima the Loan Shark manga has been running in Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine since 2004, and 5 million copies of its compiled volumes are in print.
The film will open in Japan on Saturday.